Nine Ukrainian soldiers die as government troops press offensive against pro-Russian rebels

July 5, 2014 3:47 AM

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Nine Ukrainian soldiers die as government troops press offensive against pro-Russian rebels

KIEV, Ukraine — Fighting left at least nine Ukrainian soldiers dead Friday, as government troops pressed their offensive against pro-Russian rebels using heavy artillery and combat jets, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

Prospects of a truce appeared dim. Still, Ukraine was ready to conduct another round of talks Saturday with rebels and Russian representatives.

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